May 2, 2014

Five things I love about racecations!

This week, the topic for the Friday five linkup with Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney is five things I love about: (fill in the blank) and I chose racecations.  Yup, that is not really a word, but since racing and vacations are two of my favorite things, it seemed the perfect word for this Friday topic!

Here is my list of why I love to take a trip for a race.

1.  Being with running friends  I love to travel with Christine, my sister and my new running friends from my Without Limits training group.  It is so much fun to be with people who love to run and race, and their company make the trips such a great experience.



2.  Going to new places It is no secret that I have the travel bug.  Tom and I became avid travelers while living in England for nearly five years.  There are so many places we have had the opportunity to see, but many more where I would love to run a race.....hello London, Berlin, Tokyo, Athens, Rome.  You get the picture!  

Pretty sweet photo by Tom of the jeep next to us!

Of course the Big Five marathon could be a fun addition to my race calendar!

3. Running  Another thing that is not a secret.  I love running and what better way to enjoy it than on a vacation.  It doesn't hurt to be running in cool places either, like the time I got to run with  a Kenyan while vacationing in Nairobi!  



4. Traveling with Family  Almost all of my race trips have been taken with family members.  Tom has been a great sport and gone along for a few race only trips, but I have also added a race here and there when one was available at a destination we had planned to visit for a regular trip.  Can you imagine planning a trip without a race?  Well, I usually check just in case there might be a race in a city we will be stopping at!


Superheroes 5k charity race at Regents Park London
5. Planning  I am a huge planner.  I love to spend time planning every detail of trips, from the airline tickets, best hotel location, dining options and of course sight seeing spots.  A huge part of trips for me is getting everything organized in advance to make sure our days go smoothly.  Of course, you need to have some flexibility in case your plane is delayed or your hotel is oversold.  

Do you enjoy racecations?  What is your favorite place to race besides Walt Disney World or Disneyland?
(Pam)

32 comments:

  1. I love me some racecations �� You get to see new parts of wherever you're visiting, and you've got a little extra room in your diet to enjoy local food without guilt! I've got a mini-racecation to my old home city this weekend, and then all sights are set on planning Napa with Christine��

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    1. Ahh, you and Christine will have a blast in Napa....wine, running and tasty food!

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  2. I love racecations! Vegas totally "rocked" last year. It happened to fall on both my husband's and my birthday weekends so that was a no brainer. Looking forward to my Zooma Annapolis weekend in a few weeks with my daughter

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    1. Since I have never been to Vegas, that race is on my list. Have fun at Zooma Annapolis!

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  3. I LOVE racecations! And I'm not biased....I'll racecation anywhere lol! I DO like to run in New Orleans though. It's such a fun city!

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    1. Mindy, I have never been to New Orleans, so I may need to plan a vacation/race there in the future!

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  4. Racecation is definitely an acceptable term and it SHOULD be in the dictionary! ( have you seen some of the words that made it in the dictionary last year....lol? Besides Disney, I enjoy races that are along any beach front or boardwalk!

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    1. Yes, beaches and boardwalks are great for a racecation!

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  5. I love racecations and traveling in general! I just made a huge list of all my dream races and, no surprise, lots of them are in other countries. There's one where you run on a game preserve in Kenya. What an experience!!

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    1. April, I have read about the marathon in the game preserve in Africa.....that would be quite an experience!

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  6. I love racecations and travel in general. Anywhere, especially if its someplace new, is a great destination in my book.

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    1. Kathryn, I agree, any race destination is great and new ones are always special!

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  7. Racecations are the best, especially with friends! I love traveling to new places and seeing new things! :)

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    1. Karen, That is one of the great things about running bloggers. You hear about new races and places to go!

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  8. Coming over from the Friday Five Link Up :). I love racecations! They're a great way to explore a new place and have a healthy getaway.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Nicole. You clearly had a fun time at the Nike half last weekend on your racecation!

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  9. I love racecations for the same reasons you do -- except I haven't been able to get my family to do one with me yet! I really think there's no better way to see a place than running 13.1 or 26.2 miles through it! :)

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    1. Totally agree Courtney. You need to plan one with your family soon!

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  10. Racecations are the best! You don't feel so crazy when everyone else loves running just as much as you! I just completed the Nike Women's Half Marathon in DC this weekend and I thought that was a great racecation. I got to visit old friends from college, stroll around Georgetown in the beautiful weather, then take a 13.1 mile tour of our capitol!

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  11. You are very lucky. I tried to get into the Nike Women's half but was not fortunate to get chosen in the lottery. The necklaces are really pretty and it sounded like a really fun race weekend!

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  12. Oh, would you plan my next vacation? I hate deciding and planning. It took me all day last weekend just to plan a weekend getaway! Thus, I have never done a racecation. Looks like I am missing out on some fun.

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    1. Coco, You are defiinitely missing out on the fun and yes, I would be happy to help you spend your money on a race weekend!

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  13. I think racecation is definitely a real word ;-) I haven't gotten to take many racecations, but the one I took to New Orleans with my running buddy and several other bloggers was absolutely amazing. The race didn't go well for me, but having all of my friends with me made it ok. We had such a blast!

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    1. It's always a fun race weekend if you have tons of friends along.

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  14. I think Pam is about to turn me on to racecations.

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  15. I love racecations! In fact, I race more OUT of town than IN town. Vegas is a fun race destination and anywhere on the California coast. I'd love to do a race in DC sometime and I'm crazy excited to run the NYC marathon- my favorite city!

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    1. Jamie, You will have a blast running NYC. That is on my bucket list of races for the future, maybe 2015

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  16. I love racecations - great five things! It seems that I'm starting to crave racecations all the time now. I'm already mentally planning which big racecation I want to do in 2015... :)

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  17. I feel like I could have written this EXACT post! I love all of the things you posted about (although I've never run with a Kenyan)...racecations are great!

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  18. I LOVE racecations - they are my favorite!! I'm surprised you were only able to pick five reasons why they are so awesome lol! ;0)

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  19. I too love racecations! After completing 10 halfs in 2012 I especially became bored with my local races. I began running mostly 'destination' races and have loved every one of them!! I have a running family and am blessed to be able to share these experiences with them.

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